Wild Rabbits May Not Need Your Help

A wild baby cottontail rabbit. Likely not abandoned!

Wild babies are not usually orphaned. 

Many well-meaning people contact us after discovering an “abandoned” nest of wild rabbits. The reality is fewer than 10% of orphaned wild rabbits survive a week, and the care that people attempt to provide can be illegal, unnecessary, and potentially harmful. The best thing you can do is put the bunny right back where you found him, in the general area, as the mom will only come back at night to call and find him. Leave the area.

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Editor note: to avoid duplicate content this page should be revised talking about wild rabbits in general, and a separate post should deal with wild baby orphans.